Vegan Shawarma with Two Epic Sauces!
Servings: 3 people
- 4 ounces soy curls (dry measure)
- 19 ounce can chickpeas (drain, rinse, and pat dry)
Shawarma Seasoning/Marinade Ingredients
- 1 tablespoon paprika (sweet or smoked)
- 1 ½ teaspoons cumin
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder (2 cloves fresh garlic)
- 1 tablespoon dry oregano
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne
- ½ teaspoon coarse salt
- ½ teaspoon coarse black pepper (to taste)
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- extra water to thin sauce
- 1-2 tomatoes, chopped
- 2 mini cucumbers, peeled, sliced
- romaine lettuce, sliced
- red onions (pickled or thin raw slices)
- ½ - 1 cup hummus (optional)
- parsley and dill, rough chop for garnish
- 1 tzatziki sauce recipe*
- 1 sweet and spicy tahini sauce*
- 4 pita bread
Shawarma blend: Stir all shawarma seasoning dry ingredients together in a small bowl. Then add the oil (or water if oil free) and ~2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Add more water as needed to make a loose paste.
Season the soy curls: Toss ¾ of the shawarma marinade with the soy curls in mixing bowl or large ziplock bag. Toss until the soy curls are evenly coated. Spread out in a single layer over ¾ of the prepared sheet pan.
Season the chickpeas: Next add the chickpeas and the remaining marinade to the same bowl/bag. Toss to coat then spread out next to the soy curls.
Into the oven: Bake for 23-26 minutes, stirring halfway through. Remove the chickpeas and any smaller soy curls if needed.
Make Sauces & Prep Toppings
Assembling the Shawarma Wraps
Warm both sides of the pita bread on a griddle/skillet over medium heat. Can also heat in the oven or microwave until warmed through.
Add the filling: Lay the pita bread on a plate, top with a pile of soy curls, chickpeas, and veggie toppings. Liberally drizzle with the sauces. Sprinkle with chopped fresh herbs.
Time to Dig in: Serve immediately with extra sauce for dipping and don't forget the napkins!
Soy curls: You can buy Butler soy curls online, at vegan markets, most health stores or bulk stores.
Shawarma spice blend: Mix up a double batch and store in a glass jar to have on hand to add extra flavor to crispy potatoes, tofu scramble, grilled veggies, and so much more.
Shawarma sauces: The two sauces are easy to make and together are a dynamite flavor explosion. To save time make the sauces up to a week in advance and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Any leftover sauce is fabulous on veggie sandwiches, burritos, buddha bowls, tacos, etc.
The best bread for shawarma: A thin tortilla is not going to cut it this time. Choose a sturdier wrap like pita bread and put the filling on top of the pita not inside the pocket. A pillowy flatbread or pizza shell are both excellent choices as well.
Warming the shawarma wrap: Don't skip warming the wrap - it makes all the difference and softens the bread so it's easier to roll. Flavor Tip: While the griddle is warming, brush garlic butter on each side of the pita. Grilled both sides just until warm and fragrant. Remember to keep it soft though!
Storing tips: Store any leftovers in separate containers in the fridge for 4 or 5 days. The sweet and spicy tahini sauce will keep well for at least 10 days.